After HBCC CEO Aaron van Egmond wrote to the ASU on 17 April 2020 advising that “…management are not in a position to meet with bargaining representatives to discuss the future of the Enterprise Agreement” we asked all members to vote on how we should proceed.

You can read a copy of the letter here.

A survey was circulated to ASU members at HBCC on 28 April asking how you wanted us to proceed on your behalf. We asked and you answered, with a good response rate from across Council.

Your responses to the survey broke down as follows:

  1. Lodge a formal bargaining dispute at the Fair Work Commission (68%)
  2. Request a voluntary consultation at the Fair Work Commission (16%)
  3. Write to Council requesting another meeting (10%)
  4. Do nothing until the Covid-19 crisis is over (6%)

With 84% of members wanting action taken in the Commission, and the vast majority of those preferring a formal dispute over a consultative conference, it’s clear staff are still fed up with being taken for granted and having their needs overlooked.

The ASU will now lodge a formal bargaining dispute against HBCC management to try and force them back to the bargaining table to work with us on resolving this long-standing dispute.

We will keep you informed as things progress.

For further information please contact your local ASU Delegate or :
ASU Organiser Luke Cherry | 0417 472 497 |
ASU Organiser Brendan Parkinson | 0417 765 933 |

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